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... this is al-jazeera america, live from new york city. i am tony harris with a look at today's top stories. >> it tells us what happened. it doesn't tell us why it happened. >> what happened is that the train that de-railed and killed four people in new york was going faster than it was supposed to. but figuring out why could take months. after two months offications, the federal government healthcare web sight appears to be working better but it's not working completely. that could mean more trouble. violent protests pit rich against pour. now, opposition leader threatening to overthrow thailand's government.
>> 82 miles per hour. >> that's how fast federal investigators say a commuter train was going when it de-railed on sunday. four people died when the metro-north train jumped the tracks on, on a curve, dozens more were hurt. investigators now know how fast the train was going. they still don't know for sure why it de-railed. let's take you to jonathan martin. he is at the crash site in the bronx. jonathan? >> reporter: hey, tony. you know, investigators have said from the start that this is a very preliminary information, but as you mentioned, these two black box data recorders have revealed key information. one frust from the front and one from the back, showing this train was going too fast echoing what a lot of these passengers and witnesses have been saying from the start. >> reporter: investigators with the national transportation safety board say they now know the commuter train that de-railed was going too fast as it approached a curve. >> the preliminary information and let me emphasize this is
preliminary information from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling at approximately 82 miles per hour as it went into a 30-mile-an-hour curve. >> investigators say it's too early to know if speeding was caused by operator or mechanical error like an issue with the brakes. >> we don't know whether the brakes went to zero pressure because of a valve change or because of the train break-up. six seconds to coming to a stop, the throttle had been at some power setting. >> emergency cruise worked into the morning using cadaver dogs and divers. now with the wreckage cleared away, federal officials will continue interviewing crew members, reviewing surveillance information. many reported seeing the train speeding right before it left the tracks. >> going fast. as it hit the curve, it was flying. >> there was screaming and people crying out to god and asking for their families.
it was pretty gruesome. >> four people died. at least another sixty were injured. >> the other nine patients are still here. three have undergone surgery since yesterday. seven are in intensive care unit beds. the other two are on general medical floors. >> the ntsb will be on site for seven to 10 more days. metro-north is likely to get the rail line up and running in the next couple of days. and crew members, those crew members, two of them, they will be interviewed by the national transportation safety board. also, today we know that the investigators have been talking to the train conductors, himself. he was also injured in the crash. as to what they have been able to say and what they have been able to reveal to authorities, we don't know just yet. they are saying they are waiting to interview everyone involved before releasing that information tony? >> jonathan, all of those derailed cars have now been
righted? >> reporter: >> all have left this area. we have been told by investigato investigators, they are being moved to a secure location. everything pretty quiet considering what happened over last 24 hours. the only thing we see behind us was one of the cranes used to upright the cars. but everything else pretty much gone. >> jonathan martin at the crash site. jonathan, thank you. thousands of people in the new york city area are dealing with another difficult commute tonight. services is still suspended on part of metro north 's line. they h metro north is one of the country's busiest commuter railroads. it's five liens carrying more than 82 million riders every year, but the railroad has been plagued with problems this year. jonathan betz is here. >> metro-north has enjoyed a good reputation but it has faced a difficult year. in late may, a train killed a
foreman working on the line, a rookie employee had accidentally re-opened the tracks. 10 days before that, two of metro north's trains collided in connecticut. the reason, tracks had come apart. inspectors noticed an issue with a joint like this two days before that wreck. you can clearly see the break minutes before the accident right here captured by a train's passing camera. that crack was never fixed t caused the train to dekral and get hit by another. 76 people were hurt them. the agency has promised an overhaul. until yesterday, the railroad had never lost a passenger. >> all right, jonathan. thank you. we should tell you consumers are complaining that there is still plenty that is not going right with this one day after the obama administration said the site was 90% functional and fixed. some users say it's still possible to think you are signed up but not get coverage.
and at peak times of the day, just signing on was still a bit of a problem. mike viqueira is at the whitehouse for us and has the latest on this trouble site. mike, this was a big deadline for the administration over the weekend >> reporter: right. >> there seems to be plenty of work to do here. >> >> reporter: there is. there is good news/bad news really. you mentioned signing on. the administration was full of facts and figures over the laugh two days. saturday, they set november 30th as the goal whereby the quote, unquote vast majority of americans visiting the website would have a positive experience and some success. that would be a marked improvement over what we have seen over the course of the last two months ever since the bungled launch and the administration says there are market improvements. the error rate now less than 1% down from a whopping 6% back in and on october 1st. if you look at it relative to some big department stores or even amazon, it's still a pretty large error rate but it is cinching fast now. the administration says as of
noon today, there were 375,000 folks who were successful at at least logging on to the website. they expect 800,000 to do so by the end of the today. >> that's the threshold they had set forth for 6. you mention he had the deadline, the next big deadline, december 21st, all of the improvements are going to be put to the test because people will log on more and more. they have to meet the december 23rd deadline to enroll if they are going to be covered by january 1st, the day the affordable care act kicks in. >> i have another one for you >> reporter: go ahead. >> what are the functions on the back end? >> reporter: the back end. >> what is in the back end that needs to be fixed here? >> reporter: we have learned a new phrase, the back end 834 problem. it sounds complicated but it's actually quite serious and it's the next big challenge that the affordable care act faces. you know, insurers get a form, it's called an 834 form, from the website, from the government, telling the insurance company when you log on, you try to enroll, it gives your personal information, your premium rate, a lot of other --
a lot of other information. well, it turns out the insurers, the so-called back end of this, the enrollees or front end are getting the wrong information or they are not getting any information at all. the white house today said they are on top of this problem and they are working to fix it. jay carney, of course, is the white house spokesman. >> cms is having daily conversations to get feedback from them. we have instituted a number of significant fixes to the so-called 834 forms, which are these -- that's the vehicle by which information is transmitted to the issuers, and we believe that the majority of fixes to 834 forms have been made including significant ones that were made over the weekend. we expect the info now sent to insurers to be vastly improved but we are going to continue to work with issuers to make sure that whatever remaining problems exist are addressed and fixed.
>> tony, earlier today, i and about a thousand other reporters tried to log on and wasn't initially successful, i waited a couple of minutes before i was cleared to enter the site. the administration says that's a positive sign whereas before you were caught in an endless loop. now, they tell you to hold on, get documents in order. there is some information and you are let on to the site. >> mike are, thank you. mike viqueira. earlier i spoke with mary agness kerry. she says consumers aren't the only once complaining. insurers are having issues of their own. >> what the insurers are saying is: this has been a real problem because they get calls from consumers who say, i signed up online for your plan. i am allowed this particular level of subsidy; my premium should be x. some insurers have no record that they have been enrolled. or they may have a different
number than the subsidy number. >> a dispute between china and japan will likely dominate vice president joe biden's week-long trip to asia. biden is in japan for meetings with japanese leaders. he is expected to discuss china, air defense zone claimed by both countries. u.s. planes have flown through that zone. biden will visit china and south kor korea. thailand protests could escalate. one has vowed to escalate and ordered protesters to storm buildings after at least three people have died in the protests. al jazeera florence louis has more on the man leading the charge >> reporter: he is a wanted man for his role in the anti-government protests. but as he greets his supporters, the adulation is apparent. >> he is my inspiration.
he brings all of us together. he says his aim is to get rid of the ousted prime minister. he wants to have what is known as the people's council. >> the people in parlorpal got bought their votes. >> toxin and proceed toxin parties have won elections since 2001. opponents deride his policies which favor the rural poor as a form of vote buying. his vision, however, has alarmed academics who see it as undemocratic. >> i think this is very unacceptable for those who study and whpractice what is called m democracy in tie land. because this proposal is limited to people that depend or agree with him.
>> anti-government protesters have marched against the capital and clashed with police. the same tactics were used in 2010 except then, it was supporters of tachsin to prevent those parties from returning to power. the street procetests ended onl after the army moved in. the deputy prime minister had authorized the use of force. more than 90 people were killed and he is due to be formally charged with murder on december 12th for his role in the crackdown. while he says he is leading a fight against corruption, his record hasn't been clearly clean. he has been implicated in a land stand-off that forced the governme. >> as a politician of 35 years, he jokes about being the on the
winning and losing side of politics. he is waging it all on one final battle. no matter who wins, tie land's political divide looks set to continue. florence louis, al jazeera, bangkok. >> to ukraine where the country's leader is trying to end days of protests. thousands of people gathered on the streetsdz of kiev tonight. this of kiev tonight. this victor anakovich recracked a packet with the eu and sided with russia. >> barnaby phillips is in kiev with more on the situation there. >> in the city center, it does feel like a revolution is underway. the city hall has become a headquarters for protesters. all day, people came. just have a look or enjoy the food and hot drinks or even to catch a nap. amidst all of this, a workman valiantly removes the carpet so that it won't get damaged in
these extraordinary times. the problem for the opposition is where do they go from here? how do they turn occupation into political victory? the way to resolve this crisis is through parliament e elections. we want at no-confidence resolution in the government of ukraine. this government should resign. pictures have emerged from sunday night that show the police were at times brutal in the treatment of protesters and journalists. antone is a photographer, one of dozens who were beaten by riot police. he pleaded with them to stop. these are his bruises, and this is all that's left of his camera. >> the police were also on the receiving end. officials say 35 were hurt by protesters, some are in hospital. away from the city center, there are no protests, just the grim routine of life in a cold
winter. this is where we met tatiana selling cabbage and very much in favor of political change. >> we were on our knees for a long time. now, it's time to wake up. i am grateful to the protesters. i want my children and grandchildren to have better lives. back in independence square, people are prepared for another long night. in speech after speech, they say ukraine is part of europe. >> there is no sign that protesters are prepared to leave independence square. so the government that to make a decision: whether to stay away in the hope that things just eventually fizzal out or to send police into the square and remove these protesters by force. >> the crowds have blocked roads. they have put guards on the barricades. they control the center of kiev, but to overthrow the government, they will have to convince the rest of the country to follow them. barnaby phillips, al jazeera,
kiev. >> in e jim, police fired tear gas at dozens of protesters who held a demonstration in alexandria. police and people are protesting against the new law that prohibits the right to protest. the law is viewed as a tactic to decrease demonstrations supporting the post president mohammed morsi. it will requires a police permit for protests. we have had cold air and some strong winds moving through the west as our winter storm is headed in, in mount bachelor in central oregon. you have 11 inches of fresh snow. crystal mountain around mount ranier, a beautiful ski resort, a beautiful day. a couple of folks out there. a lot of powder snow at the highest, over 6,000 feet has come in. nine inches of fresh snow. in 24 hours, we had a total of 15 inches, but 48 hours of this particular system coming up and we've got 20 inches of fresh
snow. temperatures as we look at them in the west, 45 for seattle. now get ready to get quite cold tonight. we are anticipating even colder air. it's modified arctic air dropping down out of the north, south watched. as that happens, high temperatures will fall and we expect much of the west to be 20 to 30 degrees below the average for the time of year. so while we are chilly with 39 in boise, we've got the winds that are picking up in the southwest as well because this cold air is going to go all the way down to wyoming. casper, 39 degrees now, colorado springs 38 degrees now. get ready to be colder and we are going to get a lot of mountain snow. we will have more details. what else is going on across the u.s. >> thank you. coming up, iran's foreign minister sits down with al jazeera to discuss his country's recent nuclear deal and how it affects tehran's future goals. plus drone to door deliveries? we will show you how technology is changing. what's next in online shopping.
>> the woman behind the most read peace ever joining me on
her day job. . > . welcome to al-jazeera america, iran's foreign minister is trying to assure leaders in the gulf states that a nuclear deal signed in geneva is in the region's best interest. my colleague sat down with the foreign minister who told him, iran will adhere to the proposed guidelines. >> iran will continue its enrichment at 5%, and iran will continue construction work at iraq. iran has agreed not to do certain activities that fall within the scope of this timetable and this plan of action. we have also agreed to provide specific rather thanniarrangeme eiea for them to continue.
in fact, in most cases continue monitoring our activities. >> zar if praised the government of iran for helping iran and other world leaders reach the agreement. a judge sentenced a hospital worker to 39 years in prison for infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis c, david kwykowski admitted to stealing painkillers and replacing them. he was a cardiac technologist before his arrest last year. 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis c he carries. >> amazon has everyone talking about what it says could be the future of delivery: drones flying packages to your doorstep in 30 minutes. inis? >> amazon's ceo says the idea is four or five years away from becoming a reality. but he says it will happen. here is how amazon hopes it will work. a customer orders a product
online. it's boxed up, put in a container. >> that's attached to the drone. and that device flies to the delivery address now, there are challenges before all of this can happen. the drones can only carry up to five pounds of weight for now. i spoke to an expert on legal and robotics issues who said it's the technical hurdles that will have to be addressed first. >> how do we make these things safe? how do we make sure they can't be hacked and they are not going to fly out, fall out of the sky or run into something. these are serious technical challenges that will have to be addressed in the coming years although i think they will be. the second is regulatory. how does amazon work with the faa and other agent sees to make sure what its doing complies with the rules. the third is human. how do we address people's legitimate concerns and fears about drones in a way that makes them acceptable enough that amazon could deploy them widely. >> because today is cyber monday, there are plenty of people who think this is all one
big publicity stunt. amazon isn't the only one to float this idea around. dominoes pizza hired an ad agency to do this: deliver two pepperoni pizzas, the drone traveled four miles in 10 minutes. this was definitely more for publicity than anything else but the pizza made it there successfully. there have been a lot of reactions on twitter about this. and there is actually a par ody twitter account established by someone, amazon drone says it came down to me or firing your packages out of a giant t-shirt canon. your call, america. also, he writes, if you think flying on a holiday is hell now, just wait. then he retweeted this picture, which is, i am going to make san francisco tourism photos very pretty come 2019. i want to show you this. it was put up by someone on twitter as well. this is by wantum pearl, and this is one of those little yellow stickies that you get on your door when a package is delivered but no one is home. and if you can get a close-up of this, this says, "drone defected
and is joining machines in the upcoming revolution against man kind." as a result, the worker who arranged this delivery will be punished. there is a lot of stuff on twitter people are commenting on. >> yeah. twitter. >> that's what it is there for. inis, good stuff. thank you. ? >> thank you. there has been a surge in online sales for cyber monday according to the latest estimate, but is it enough to make up for the lack luster showing from consumers at malls over the thanksgiving holiday weekend? let's get the breakdown now. david shuster is here sitting in for ali velshi, on "real money," great to see you. the all important question: remind us us again of how important the thanksgiving holiday weekend is in terms of sales for the entire holiday shopping season. >> great question, tony. to put it in perspective, the
holiday season accounts for something like 30% of all of the sales that retailers have and something like 40% of the profits for america's retailers so how they do during thanksgiving weekend, starting on thanksgiving weekend and starting starred is usually a pretty good gauge of how things are going. here is the downside. overall, the amount of money that has changed hands was about 3% less than last year. there were just as many people shopping, but because of all of the deals out there, people being a little bit tighter with their cash, three % less money was spent, so that's why a lot of folks are looking towards cyber purchases to online purchases to try to make up some of that, but again, the amount of money that is spent online is still pretty small compared to people who go into traditional stores. so even when you have a record-setting today like today, cyber monday, it's not enough to make much of a difference as far as the overall picture. >> how about, more generally speaking, the popularity of shopping online?
>>? >> that is more popular than ever. something according to one report, 18%. there is some suggesting that 59 million americans did some christmas and holiday shopping over the weekend online. so that's up more than $5 from last year. but again, the point in all of this is that online shopping still hasn't quite matched the number of people willing to go in to a store to buy things. until it does, you can have record-setting days like today but it's not going to stop the fears of a lot of economists out there who think this is a sign that consumer confidence continues to be down and that's a problem for the economy. >> give us a preview of what else you are working on for the program. >> we are going to crunch all of the data that's coming out over the new obamacare website. some 400 changes that were made by programmers and code writers, but there are more changes to come as far as the back end of the site important for insurance
companies. wet get into that and talk about what these numbers mean and the way this entire site is heading. >> it's the back end. everything is about the back end. >> just for you, tony harris. >> at the top of the hour right here on al jazeera america. >> a return of a familiar face to the usc football program, jessica taff is here with your supports ted lines. >> a new big man on campus, it seems. usc has named washington steve kar sizi and the trojans are hoping he can turn around the football program like he did for the huskies. he was an assistant with the usc in 2007 and '8 went 6 and 2 after taking over for lane kisin who was fired in september. mean while, trouble off of the ice for simeon barlemov.
he is scheduled to be back in court on monday in denver to face those misdemeanor charges for assault charges that he had after his girlfriend said he attacked her. finally, injuries continuing to playing nets. paul pierce is the latest to go down. the net swing man will be out with a broken hand he injured in the first half of friday's loss at houston. >> jessica, appreciate it. thank you. coming up on al jazeera america, a former new orleans police officer is on trial for the second time after being acquitted of killing a man in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. also. >> i am rob reynolds in bangladesh on the report of the appalling conditions in this country's tannery industry. prisoners paying the price? >> what are you talking about, he's dead. >> an exclusive investigation into prison health care.
>> welcome back to sarkese. here is a look at top stories. police in thailand have been using rubber bullets and tear gag against anti-government protesters. the obama administration says two months of fixes have made a
huge difference for the government's healthcare website. however, some users say there are still major glitches and insurance companies have complained they are not getting consumer information passed on to them. investigators say the new york train that de-railed was traveling 82 miles per hour as it approached a 30 mile per hour zone. four people died. 60 others were injured. here to talk about the cause of the crash and the next steps in the investigation, mary skiabo, a former inspector general with the department of transportation as she joins me live from mount pleasant, south carolina. mary, good to talk to you. we had you on about an hour or so ago after the news conference where we had an update on the findings, a lot of information that must have come from the data recorders. you heard some if not all of it. what did you learn? >> the most important thing was the speed of the train. we were wondering. the engineer said the brakes weren't working. but there is no excuse for doing
82 in a 7 mile per hour zone, particularly that close to the curve. the question now becomes: why was he doing 82 and the ntsb has taken his cell phone and taken all of the data they can get. i believe they have released, they are done with the investigation at the track. they are now focusing on why the excessive speed and not looking for some sort of malfunction or break in the track. >> mary, give us the benefit of your experience in this area. what are the possibilities as to answers to the why question? >> i worked many other crashes and sadly, often, it's distraction. i have had cases where, you know, engineers were on their cell phones, where they were doing something else. i had one where they had medication. and there have been a couple where they were just going fast to try to make up time in the schedule. now, that's not to say any of that was going on here.
there still could be a malfunction, but, you know, sadly when you have an excess speed condition, particularly coming to a curve, it usually is inattention, and that can be caused by a number of -- a number of factors. >> mary, we were talking in the newsroom a little earlier about the big train crash in spain, a similar situation, a lot of speed going into a curve, and i think one of the conclusions is that the conductor was distracted, may have been texting? >> that's right. >> or providing an update to facebook or one of the social media sites. if you were leading the investigation and you know the train was going too fast, what would you be doing now? where does the investigation go from here? >> well, two distinction paths. one, they are looking at all of the human fact ors. what was going on, you know, the cell phone just reveals so much information now, you know. was anyone using the cell phone, any conversations? what was going on with the person's -- person or person who was supposed to be in charge of the train?
and then, also, they will be looking carefully at the performance of the train. it is possible that speed governors could malfunction. there was a maintenance issue. there is some kind of a problem with the engine. they will look at that, too. they will have that ruled out failure quick fairly quickly, particularly if there was something else going on in the cab stuff just running the train. >> speed governors. >> that's interesting. is there anything more that can be done in terms of safe guards to protect against human error? >> oh, yes. and there are different systems all over the world, but right here in the united states, of course, congress called upon train operators to install something called positive train control it doesn't sound what it is. what did is, is the train talks to the track. if it keeps the train in a zone
all it's o on. it cannot exceed the speed limit. it literally governors the train. amtrak has that in the northeast corridor from washington to boston. a few other trains have it. but most of the train companies have objected on the basis of cost and the fact that a lot of the trains don't travel over tracks that the train company owns because the tracks are owned by one company so they would have to be putting equipment on tracks that aren't theirs. very expensive proposition, but it would make over speeding and colliding with trains that are also moving impossible. >> mary, terrific to talk to you, mary skiavo, a former inspector general with the department of transportation joining us from mount pleasant south carolina. mary, appreciate it. thank you. a fred recall judge is expected to decide whether long-term debt and pensions. if he agrees, it would be the largest municipal bankruptcy.
bisi onliri, any tea leaves to be red here? this is a huge decision coming down tomorrow for the city. >> yeah, tony, one thing i can tell you for sure is that there is a real sense of anxiousness in the city detroit. i have talked to several bankruptcy experts. all agree at this point that they believe that the judge tomorrow will say that the city of detroit disqualify for bankruptcy. how the proceedings go from there, right now, that really is unclear, but one thing we do know for sure is that tonight, a lot of retirees in the city are feeling the pressure because they have so much to lose. >> after four months of court he hearings, a federal judge will rule tuesday on whether detroit is eligible for chapter 9 bankruptcy. >> bankruptcy is a term that none of us ever wanted to get to this point. >> facing a staggering $18,000,000,000 in long-term
debt, the city/state pointed a manager. everything from the city's asset like masterpieces at the detroit institute of arts, to incurred debts like employee pensions may be up for grabs. >> to me, that's robbery. >> donald smith is one of some 20,000 retirees worried, anxi s anxiously awaiting the judge's decision? >> i am not asking them to give me anything but what i earned. >> smith worked nearly 30 years as a city detention officer. he is concerned his $800 pension check could be stripped away or reduced making hard times even worse. >> there are days i have to make up my mind whether i am going to eat or get some medicine. that shouldn't be. >> retirees believe that the pension funds which are 3 and a half billion dollars in the red
are protected by the state constitution. it's an argument they hope the federal judge will understand in his ruling. municipal bankruptcy expert: doug bernstein? >> part of the problem is whether it's the pensioners or any creditors, the pot is only so big to go around. >> if federal judge stephen roads rules in favor of city protection, the mounting debt and obligations owed to tens of thousands of creditors would be dramatically reduced. if he rules against bankruptcy? >> we are going back to square 1 and chaos with a variety of lawsuits. you are going to see different creditors potentially trying to grab whatever they can get in order to satisfy debts owed to them. >> if declared bankrupts, the city will have up to until march to submit its reorganization plan to the judge. that will likely set the stage for the next phase of legal battles between the city and its creditors who are expected to
appeal. >> a lot of people anxious to see what the judge does decide. we will be out there tomorrow morning to bring you the latest developments. >> big decision. bisi, thank you. new orleans is once again reliving the aftermath of hurricane katrina. jury selection has gun in the retrail -- begun in the trial of david warren. he was convicted of shooting a man to death in the aftermath of the storm. a federal judge overturned his conviction saying he was unfairly tried ben lemoine joins us live. what can you tell bus this new trial? >> the original trial was in 2010. the big difference is that in that trial, there were three defendants in that case, all three new orleans police
officers including officer david warren who was eventually convicted. now, as you just said, one of the major problems is that the focus was on the aftermath, the gruesome burning after the shooting, the burning of the car with the body inside of it. so, what an appellate court decided last year was that the officer should have been tried separately. >> i think it's a waste of time, you know. you have proven that they think he is innocent. i don't know. it is a waste of time. you have drawn this man up several times in this court case. 2010 all of these people got, you know, judge, let them do their time. >> that's what i think they should do. >> no word on how long this trial is expected to be, but jury election, tony, is expected to last about another two days. >> looking at that man's face who you interviewed, it's clear
that this is going to be a painful process for a lot of people in the new orleans area. this whole idea of reopening old wounds >> reporter: it certainly is when you consider the fact that the trial was in 2010. this happened in 2005, jut /* july after hurricane katrina, five years in the making, angan anxious situate waiting for that now it is as wound that's re-opened. >> also in new orleans, jury election began in the trial of a former bt drilling engineer. he is charged in connection with the massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico in 2010, curt nix is charged with obstruction of justice. prosecutors claim he deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a bp contractor. mix is one of four current or former bf employees who face charges related to the spill. tas multi-billion dollar industry that is never out of fashion but the production of fine elector does have a dark
side. tannery workers in bangladesh face life-threatening conditions all while earning little more than $2 a day. in part one of our series, toxic tannery, ron reynolds went to meet some workers in the slum. >> of all of the difficult, dirty and dangerous jobs bangladeshis do to survive, these men just might have the worst. they are tannery workers who labor day in and day out, engulfed by the nauseating stench of toxic chemicals and rotting animal flesh. >> mohammed rashid says he is 14 but looks older. >> there are scars on my hands and legs. these injuries are never ending. >> he earns about $2 a day. the water they are waddiing is laced with arsenic and chromium
sulfate. these chemicals make the leather soft and supple but they cause fe festering sores, respiratory diseases and lung cancer. >> lung cancer, cancer of the nose, the mucosa, and, also, the urinary bladder cancer. >> there are more than 200 tanneries in this part of daka. leather sales were worth nearly a billion dollars last year. this is a product that is used worldwide for luxury boots but for these workers the owners resident looking after health. >> am survey found 90% of tannery workers die before the age of 50. >> forb years, the bang la i government said they will move the tanneries out of this densely populated slum into a modern facility, but so far, all
of those promises have gone unfulfilled. >> government official did not respond to al jazeera's repeated request for an interview. despite the filth, danger and the stench, mohammed rashid is resigned to life in the tanneries. >> i have nothings. so, i have to do it. there is no other way. >> chief bangladeshi labor lowers the cost of leather goods sold until wealthy countries. there is a price paid in human misery in a far-off place called hazar abad. >> we will have part 2 of the series tomorrow. rob reynolds will show how toxic tanneries are also threatening the environment. that story tuesday right here on al-jazeera america. still ahead tonight, scientists plunge deem underground to explore one of ancient rome's longest lasting legacies that is still being used today.
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scientist are use can 21st century technology to map rome's ancients aqua ducts. some were carved by roman engineers over 2 years ago. claudio lavanga gives us an inside look >> reporter: a downward spiral into ancient rome where history meets 21st century technology. this group of archeologists is busy mapping one of the 11 underground aqua ducts built during ancient roman times using state of t state-of-the-art technology like three d scanners, and laser beams, they hope to shed light
on the network of these underground waterways. >> there is a path of aqua ducts that are not known. the ancient romans wanted to protect these waterways to prevent enemies from cutting their water supplies. >> while most ancient act quaducts didn't survive the test of time. water still flows nicely right next to the spanish steps. >> this taaquaduct supplied wat and more than 2,000 years later, it's still in use. it's path and structure remain a bit of a mystery >> reporter: this is where the water flows into, some of rome's most famous fountains, a celebration of the abundanswers of water that allowed imperil rome to conquer the world. a few miles from the center of rome, the aquaduct claudyos
stands as ingeniousness. this was mapped bya thomas ashbee in the 1920s. they start in point -- a starting point for todd's arkansas oblthsz. >> he traveled all over on feet, asking locals and farms for signs of the aqua ducts. we are now continuing his work with the help of modern technology to track back 2000 years of history. >> a history that still runs through the backbones of the roman empire. al jazeera, rome. jessica is here with college ball news. >> i have goose bumps from the auburn game.
first, usc they have named a new head coach for washington's steve sakar zian. he was an assistant with usc in 2011 and '8 replaces interim coach who went 6 and 2 after taking over for lane kipin fired in september. for usc, a new hire and the wild weekend we just experienced in college ball, we will head to denver and check in with graham watson of yahoo sports. thank you for joining us. let's talk the latest news from u usc. what is the latest news ed has resigned after that announcement? >> i think people are in shock. i don't think that steve sar kizian was the splashy hire everybody was expecting usc to make, 34 and 2 knife in his five years at washington. he has tried to bring washington up to elite status. he inherited a program 0 and 12. up until in year, had he hadn't won more than seven games. now you bring them in.
a national powerhouse program, a traditionally powerhouse program and you expect him to turn that program around and make it elite. i am just, i think we are all kind of scratching our heads thinking, you know, why this guy? and, of course, his ties to the school. he was there for seven years. he was an offensive coordinator for two years, coached two high schoolman trophy winners there. that definitely played into this. but in terms of success, i think theme with a little, just like, umm, okay. steve sar kisian. >> it wasn't the splashy name we were thinking. let's move on and talk about the wild weekend we just witnessed in college ball including probably the best iron bull game of all time. >> yeah, it was -- i still can't believe it. i have seen that play from chris davis running back that field goal 109 yards. i still can't believe it happened. it's something most people will probably never see again. i think anybody will ever see again. nobody has ever seen since.
it's one of those plays where everything aligned for auburn. it had a profound effect on college football. i think people will be talking about it for years and years and years to come. chris davis was funny on twitter today. he said he walked into his geology class and got a standing ovation. i think that's going to be the first of many standing ovations he gets probably for the rest of his life. >> yeah, the one second on the clock. that was probably the longest one second ever that they felt. it was unbelievable for nick sabin & company. let's talk, of course, we have the wild weekend, of course. what does that mean in the bcs standings? what does that mean for the landscape of this upcoming bulls season? >> well, right now, it's florida state and ohio state. and that could be your national championship. they both have to play conference championship games. florida state has to play duke. ohio state has to play michigan state. if both of those teams win, that's your national championship. florida state and ohio state. auburn could throw a wrench in th this, but i think everybody was pretty high off of the emotion
of that auburn win. auburn didn't gain the votes to surpass, ranking to surpass ohio state. and i don't think, if it didn't get it this week with everybody just glued to their t.v. sets watching them beat the number one of team in the country, i don't think beating missouri will have an effect and push auburn over ohio state. as long as ohio state wins and florida state wins, that's going to be the teams that we see playing for the title. >> okay. so, we know that life is not fair, graham. so what are the changes auburn wins the sec championship and leapfrogs and unbeaten ohio state team and is able to get into that national championship game? >> well, it's never happened before. i know a one-loss team has never out paced an undefeated team for a spot in the national title. this would be definitely unprecedented. the fact that auburn plays the number 5 team in the country. if they were to beat missouri convincingly, i think some voters might hedge towards them after they beat number 1 and they beat number 5. he specially if ohio state were
to struggle against number 10 michigan state. ohio state does have the advantage that they are playing the number 10 team in the country. >> that's going to have a lot of weight for them. i think people are going to be very keen on whether or not they can play against michigan state's really tough defense. and if they can hold their own and have a convincing victory, i don't see anybody moving ohio state out of that number 2 spot. >> all right. thank you very much, graham. we certainly appreciate it. we have got monday night fob football, a huge game on tap tonight that's going to have major post-season implications when the saints are facing the seahawks. one game separating these two division leaders in the nfc. that should be a good one. >> yeah. >> also, because seattle has two players, of course, two quarterbacks or defensive ends. >> hello drew breese. >> it should be a good game. >> should be. jess, thank you. ? >> all right. >> rebecca is back with your
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>> a large arctic storm moving down throughout the west in the next couple of days will eventually cause big problems in the midwest and mid atlantic. as we look at what's going on, steady snow change to showers. it is still coming down as heavy snow showers in the cascade mountains much washington and oregon. idaho, snow is dumping. >> that's moving into montana u all the way down to colorado and wyoming as well. for the next 24 hours, we will get heavy snows, especially for the colorado rockies, towarvail have estimated snows at about
two feet until wednesday. >> that's a lot of snow fast. we will continue to see cold air come down from the north. temperatures are going to be dropping. we will expect to be about 20 to 30 degrees below normal for the west and to the middle to end of the week. 45 for seattle. a cold 35 for billings, but houston, it may be 74 degrees right now. but you are going to cool off quite a bit. if you look at temperatures in the midwest, denver at 59, still relatively mild now, but if you see that difference in temperatures, 59 to 69. right now, it's a 10 degree difference from denver to dallas. that will get closer as that cold air heads in. look at the forecast farther north, the canadian border, several warnings and advisories inplation, north dakota may have blizzard conditions as we get into early tomorrow morning. it's going to be very cold with low wind capitol hills, a lot of know coming downhills, a lot of coming down. will bring visibility on the roadways to almost nothing.
this may be a arctic outbreak. it's great for the winter weather in the mountains. as it meets up with warm moist air into the east, that's where our problem starts. >> that's going to happen later wednesday into thursday. we will probably have some pretty heavy rainfall amounts as we get into indianapolis down to louisiana even. it's going to be a strong storm as though air masses clyde, a lot of rain coming down with them. so, wind gusts right now. we talk about that arctic air coming in, anywhere from 30 to 40 miles an hour. the strongest winds are in the mountains. it's going to be difficult driving from the blowing snow. but do expect that gusty wind to continue as we get through overnight into tomorrow, as the actic air, the true actic air has yet to push down into the midwest. we will be monitoring this tonight because it's going to be happening into the early morning hours.
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